Academic journal article Science and Children

Differentiating Science Instruction and Assessment for Learners with Special Needs, K-8

Academic journal article Science and Children

Differentiating Science Instruction and Assessment for Learners with Special Needs, K-8

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By Kevin D. Finson, Christine K. Ormsbee, and Mary M. Jensen. 232 pp. $38.95. ISBN 9781412993999. 2011. Corwin Press. (Grades K-8)

Have you ever read a book and said, "Why didn't I think of that? It is so obvious"? This is the case with Differentiating Science Instruction and Assessment for Learners With Special Needs, K-8. This book is chock-full of commonsense strategies to help those students who have special needs be successful in the mainstream science classroom and laboratory.

There are numerous examples given that can serve as templates for other areas or situations not specifically covered in the book. Beyond the background and theoretical framework, which are great references for both the beginning and experienced teacher, there are actual lab manual-type activities provided. The publisher grants teachers permission to use the examples and forms in the classroom. Vignettes are provided that sound as if they could have been topics for discussion in the teacher lounge area, where colleagues describe a situation and seek advice.

The authors have provided that sort of advice from an experienced colleague that is often missing, especially in smaller schools or departments. …

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